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Undergraduate Programs

The Mathematics and Statistics Department offers four undergraduate degree programs in mathematical sciences:

Bachelor of Science in Mathematics (code MATHBS01) (120 units)

The student in this program is required to take a selection of fundamental courses in algebra, statistics, and analysis. It is the most flexible program, in which the greatest number of electives may be chosen by the student. Elective upper division mathematics courses are available which meet the needs of students preparing for a variety of goals, including careers in industry and government, secondary teaching, and graduate study. Students who do not wish to complete the requirements for a declared option in applied mathematics or statistics may wish to elect courses in one or both of these areas as part of this degree program.

Requirements

Lower Division: ENGL 101 or 317; MATH 122, 123, 224, 233, 247; CECS 174; PHYS 151.

Upper Division: A minimum of 30 units of approved upper-division mathematics courses selected in consultation with a major advisor, to include MATH 341 or 347, 361A, 361B, 364A, 380 and 444 but not 370A or 370B. To allow flexibility, only 18 of the required 30 units are specified. Students should choose the remaining 12 units after discussing career goals and interests with an advisor. For additional information and to obtain an advisor, contact the Department Office.

Option in Applied Mathematics (code MATHBS02) (120 units)

The student who is most interested in the applications of mathematics has a choice of two suboptions: the first concentrates on the applications in science and engineering while the second concentrates on the applications to economics and management. In both suboptions, courses are specified in the major areas of applied mathematics and in the field of application. This option prepares students for careers in business, industry or government or for graduate study.

Requirements

Suboption I: Area of application in Science and Engineering
Lower Division: ENGL 101 or 317; MATH 122, 123, 224, 247; CECS 174; PHYS 151, 152; PHYS 254 or EE 211 or CE 205.
Upper Division: MATH 323, 361A, 361B, 364A, 364B, 380, 470. A minimum of 9 units from the following: MATH 381, 382, 423, 461, 463, 472, 479, 485. A minimum of 9 units from one of the following three groups:
A. PHYS 310, 340A, 340B, 350, 410, 422, 450;
B. EE 310, 370, 382, 411, 460, 482;
C. CE 335, 359, 437, 438, 458; MAE 371, 373.
Suboption II: Area of Application in Economics and Management
Lower Division: ENGL 101 or 317; MATH 122, 123, 224, 247; CECS 174; ECON 100 and 101, or ECON 300.
Upper Division: MATH 323, 361A, 361B, 364A, 380, 381, 382, 485. A minimum of 6 units from the following courses: MATH 364B, 423, 463, 470, 479, 480. A minimum of 15 units from one of the following two groups:
A. ECON 310, 311 required; and 9 units selected from: ECON 333, 410H, 411H, 420, 433, 485, 486.
B. ECON 333, MGMT 410 required; and 9 units selected from MGMT 411, 412, 413, 414, 426.
Option in Statistics (code MATHBS04) (120 units)

This option provides students with a foundation in statistical methods. The courses required ensure that the student understands both how the techniques are mathematically derived and how they are applied. Statistical analysis is an essential part of any scientific investigation. It is a vital tool in monitoring the quality of products and services and in forecasting. This option prepares students for interesting and rewarding careers in industry, government, and for graduate study in statistics and other quantitative fields.

Requirements

Lower Division: ENGL 101 or 317; MATH 122, 123, 224, 247; CECS 174

Upper Division: A minimum of 34 units of upper-division mathematics courses to include MATH 323, 361A, 380, 381, 382, 480 and 483 but not MATH 370A or 370B.

Option in Mathematics Education (code MATHBS03) (120 units)

This option is for students preparing to teach mathematics at the secondary school level. Completion of this Option meets subject matter competence requirements for the Single Subject Preliminary Credential Mathematics (code165).

In addition to meeting the subject matter competence requirement for the Preliminary Credential, prospective Math teachers are also required to complete 44 units of professional preparation in the Single Subject Credential Program, including student teaching. Students may begin the professional preparation courses as early as the junior year. With careful planning, it is possible to complete all of the credential program courses, except for student teaching, as an undergraduate. Courses may also be completed as a post-baccalaureate student. Refer to the Single Subject Teacher Education section of this Catalog or the Single Subject Credential Program website (www.ced.csulb.edu/single-subject) for a description of the professional preparation requirements, courses, and application procedures. Prospective students should consult the department's Mathematics Education Advisor early to plan their program.

Requirements

Lower Division: MATH 122, 123, 224, 233, 247; one of the following: ENGL 101 or 300 or 317; and one of the following sequences: PHYS 151, 152; or PHIL 170, 270; or eight units of a foreign language.

Upper Division: MATH 310, 341, 355, 361A* or 364A, 380, 381, 410, 444; MTED 301, 411; EDSS 300M; and 3 additional upper division Mathematics units excluding MATH 370A, 370B. (* denotes preferred course)

Honors in Mathematics

Students majoring in the B.S. in Mathematics (all options) who would like an enriched academic program that includes a thesis may complete the Honors in the Major program described here. May also complete General Honors through the University Honors Program, in which case the thesis requirement may be met through the Honors in the Major.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Honors in the Major program will be determined by the Honors in the Major Advisor.

1. Junior or senior standing with at least one year remaining before graduation.
2. Declared major of B.S. in Mathematics or any of its options.
3. Completion of MATH 122, 123, 224, 247, and at least two upper division MATH courses at the time of entry with grades of at least “C” in each course. Students may apply during the semester in which they expect to complete these courses.
4. GPA’s of at least 3.500 in all courses in the major and in all upper division courses in the major at the time of application.
5. Submission of an application describing the student’s academic background, reasons for applying, and willingness to commit to completion of the requirements, including a thesis.
6. Letter of recommendation from a CSULB faculty member familiar with the student’s work and abilities.

Graduation Requirements

1. GPA of at least 3.500 in all upper division courses in the major and in all courses in items 3, 4, and 5, below.
2. Completion of all requirements for the chosen option of the B.S. in Mathematics.
3. Completion of at least one of the following courses: MATH 347, 423, 451, 461, 463, 472, 479. These courses may be included among the upper division units for the major, in item 2, if allowed in the student’s major.
4. Completion of at least three units of any combination of MATH 491 and/or MATH 496.
5. Completion of 3 units of MATH 498H, Senior Thesis-Honors.
6. It is a requirement for this Honors in the Major program that the 6 units of MATH 491, 496, and 498H be in addition to the Mathematics Department course requirements for the B.S.
7. Presentation of thesis results in a public forum. This forum could be at a meeting of a scientific or professional organization or a campus or departmental forum, subject to the approval of the Honors in the Major Advisor.
Substitutions to this program must be approved by the Honors in the Major Advisor.

Minor in Mathematics (code MATHUM01)

Requirements

The Minor in Mathematics is available to any student not majoring in Mathematics or Applied Mathematics.

The student must complete 23 or more semester units as follows:

MATH 122, 123, 224, 247, and 9 units of upper-division mathematics courses to include MATH 361A but not 370A. The student may replace MATH 123 and 224 by MATH 222 and one more 3 unit upper-division mathematics course (excluding MATH 370A) not used to meet the above upper-division requirements.

Minor in Applied Mathematics (code MATHUM02)

Requirements

The Minor in Applied Mathematics is available to any student not majoring in Mathematics or Applied Mathematics.

The student must complete 27 or more semester units as follows:

Lower Division: MATH 122, 123, 224, 247

Upper Division: MATH 323, 364A or 370A, 380 and one course selected from MATH 364B, 381, 382, 423, or 470.

The student may replace MATH 123 and 224 by MATH 222 and one more course from MATH 364B, 381, 382, 423, 470 not used to meet the above upper division requirements.

Minor in Statistics (code MATHUM03)

Requirements

The Minor in Statistics is available to any non-Mathematics major. The student must complete 26 or more semester units by following one of two sequences:

Sequence One: MATH 122, 222, 247, 380, 381, and any three of the following: MATH 323, 382, 480, 483, 484, and/or 487.
Sequence Two: MATH 122, 123, 224, 247, 380, 381, and any two of the following: MATH 323, 382, 480, 483, 484, and/or 487.

GRADUATE PROGRAMS

How to Apply

See Department’s website: www.csulb.edu/depts/math/

To apply for admission to a graduate program in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, you must apply to the department and to the university.

To apply to the department, send the following to the Graduate Advisor:

• complete college transcripts (not necessarily official)
• appropriate Prerequisite Worksheet (available online at above website or from the Department Office);
• Pure Mathematics Prerequisite Worksheet;
• Applied Mathematics Prerequisite Worksheet;
• Applied Statistics Prerequisite Worksheet.
Application Deadlines:
June 1 for admission in fall semesters
December 1 for admission in spring semesters

Master of Science in Mathematics (code MATHMS01)

Prerequisites

1. A bachelor’s degree in mathematics, or a bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 24 upper division units in mathematics from an accredited college or university;
2. A grade of "C" or better in MATH 247, 361A-B, 364A and 444, or their equivalents. Deficiencies will be determined by the Graduate Advisor.

Advancement to Candidacy

In addition to University requirements, the student must have completed all prerequisite courses listed above with no grade less than “C”. Students must have fulfilled the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) and should file for Advancement upon completion of at least six units (and no more than nine units) of the Program, with at least a 3.0 GPA.

Requirements

1. A minimum of 30 graduate and approved (*) upper division units in mathematics including:
A. Three of the following courses MATH 540A, 550A, 561A, or 562A.
B. Two additional courses selected from MATH 540B, 550B, 561B, or 562B.
C. An additional 3 units of 500-level mathematics courses.
2. Complete one of the following:
A. Pass a comprehensive written examination in two areas of Pure Mathematics. Specific requirements for passing of the comprehensive examinations can be found on the Mathematics and Statistics Department website at www.csulb.edu/depts/math.
B. Subject to the approval of the Graduate Committee of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, write a thesis in mathematics and defend it orally.
Option in Applied Mathematics (code MATHMS02)

Prerequisites

1. A bachelor’s degree in mathematics, physics, or engineering, or a bachelor’s degree with at least 24 upper division units in mathematics from an accredited college or university.
2. A grade of “C” or better in MATH 247, 323, 361A-B, 364A, and 380, or their equivalents. Deficiencies will be determined by the Graduate Advisor.

Advancement to Candidacy

In addition to University requirements, the student must have completed all prerequisite courses listed above, with no grade less than “C”. Students must have fulfilled the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) and should file for Advancement upon completion of at least six units (and no more than nine units) of the Program, with at least a 3.0 GPA.

Requirements

1. A minimum of 30 graduate and upper division units approved by the graduate advisor, and including:
A. MATH 463, 479, 563, 570 and 576.
B. At least 6 units of applied mathematics courses selected from MATH 423, 470, 485, 564, 574, 575, and 577.
C. At least three units selected from the courses in above section 1.B. not used to satisfy that requirement, or from MATH 364B, 381, 382, 461, 472, 480, 562A, 580, 581, 584, 586, and 587.
D. At least 18 units of graduate mathematics courses (numbered 500 or above) including any such courses used to meet requirements (A), (B), and (C) above and including at least 15 units other than MATH 697 or 698.
2. Complete one of the following:
A. Pass a comprehensive written examination in two subjects of Applied Mathematics. Specific requirements for passing of the comprehensive examinations can be found on the Mathematics and Statistics Department website at www.csulb.edu/depts/math.
B. Subject to the approval by the Graduate Committee of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, write a thesis in applied mathematics and defend it orally.
Option in Applied Statistics (code MATHMS03)
1. A bachelor’s degree in mathematics, physics, engineering, computer science, or statistics, or a bachelor’s degree with at least 24 upper division units in mathematics from an accredited college or university.
2. A grade of “C” or better in MATH 247, 323, 361A, 380, 381, or their equivalents.

Advancement to Candidacy

In addition to University requirements, the student must have completed all prerequisite courses listed above, with no grade less than “C.” Students must have fulfilled the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) and should file for Advancement upon completion of at least six units (and no more than nine units) of the Program, with at least a 3.0 GPA.

Requirements

1. A minimum of 30 graduate and approved (*) upper division units in mathematics including:
A. MATH 580, 581, 590.
B. Four additional courses selected from MATH *382, *484, 582, 583, 584, 585, 586, 587, 593.
C. At least 18 units of graduate courses (numbered 500 or above) including any such courses used to meet requirements (A) or (B) above and including at least 15 units of graduate mathematics courses other than MATH 697 or 698.
2. Complete one of the following:
A. Pass a comprehensive written examination in two areas of statistics. Specific requirements for passing the comprehensive examinations can be found on the Department of Mathematics and Statistics website at www.csulb.edu/depts/math.
B. Subject to the approval of the Graduate Committee of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, write a thesis in statistics and defend it orally.
Option in Mathematics Education for Secondary School Teachers (code MATHMS04)

Option in Mathematics Education for Secondary School Teachers is designed for people holding a California Single Subject teaching credential in mathematics and teaching in middle, junior high, or high schools. This option will give students greater expertise in mathematics and mathematics education (curriculum, teaching, learning, assessment and research). The program includes a blend of courses from pure and applied mathematics as well as mathematics education, and also may include coursework from the College of Education.

Prerequisites

1. A bachelor’s degree in mathematics or mathematics education, or a bachelor’s degree with at least 24 upper division units in mathematics from an accredited college or university.
2. A California Single Subject Credential in mathematics
3. Coursework in mathematics should include MATH 247, 310, 341, 355, 380, and 361A or 364A or equivalent with a grade of “C” or better.

Advancement to Candidacy

In addition to University requirements stated elsewhere in this Catalog, must have completed prerequisites above and must have satisfied the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR). Must file for Advancement to Candidacy after completion of at least 6 units (and recommend filing before completing 9 units) of Program of Study, with at least a 3.0 grade point average. Program of Study must be approved by Mathematics Education Graduate Advisor, Mathematics & Statistics Department Chair, Associate Dean for Graduate Accountability in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and Dean of Graduate Studies.

Requirements for the Option in Mathematics Education for Secondary School Teachers

1. A minimum of 30 units of graduate level or approved upper division coursework which includes the following:
A. A minimum of 9 graduate or approved upper division units of mathematics (those marked by * in the CSULB Catalog), including at least one 500-level mathematics course. If not previously taken for BS or credential, this course of study must include MATH 410 and 444.
B. A minimum of 15 graduate units of mathematics education including:
1) MTED 511 and 512; and
2) At least 9 units in mathematics education chosen in consultation with the Mathematics Education Graduate Advisor from the following courses: MTED 540, 550, 560, 580, 590, 695
C. A minimum of 6 units of approved upper division or graduate electives from mathematics, mathematics education, or approved College of Education courses, chosen in consultation with the Mathematics Education Graduate Advisor. If the student plans to teach at the Community College level, she/he must take at least 18 units of graduate or approved upper division mathematics from parts A and C. If the student intends to do a thesis or project he/she must take EDP 520.
2. Complete one of the following three options:
A. Pass a comprehensive written examination in mathematics education and in one area of pure or applied mathematics;
B. Subject to the approval of the Mathematics Education Committee of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, write a thesis in mathematics education and defend it orally (MTED 698);
C. Pass one comprehensive written examination in mathematics education or in one area of pure and applied mathematics and complete a project in mathematics education (MTED 697), subject to the approval of the Mathematics Education Committee of the Department of Mathematics & Statistics.

Mathematics Education Thesis

Students choosing the thesis option must consult with the Mathematics Education Graduate Advisor to select a thesis advisor. A thesis is then written in consultation with the mathematics education faculty advisor who will guide the student in choosing the thesis topic and supervise the process of writing the thesis. After a thesis topic is chosen it must be approved by the Mathematics Education Committee. A thesis committee of three faculty members, including the thesis advisor is then chosen to approve the final work. During the writing of the thesis, students must enroll in MTED 698.

Mathematics Education Project

Students choosing the research project option must seek out a Faculty Advisor in mathematics education. A project is then written in consultation with the mathematics education faculty advisor who will guide the student in choosing a topic and supervise the process of writing the project report. After a project topic is chosen it must be approved by the Mathematics Education Committee. During the writing of the project report, students must enroll in MTED 697.